Matias Creimer
M.Arch II, UCLA '96
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Matias Creimer is a Los Angeles based architecture designer and professor of architecture.

He has over 14 years of experience working for architecture design firms including his own studio. He has worked extensively on projects that range from single family homes to billion dollar, mixed-use developments in the US and abroad.

He's currently running his own office in LA and teaching architecture studios at Otis College of Art and Design

Project Description Date  
Los Angeles
Historical Society

This year we picked a site in Downtown LA at the corner of 7th and Brodway surrounded by historical buildings.

The new building was meant to serve as the headquarters for the City of Los Angeles Historical Society. There's more than one historical society in Southern California and the idea was to combine them all in a single entity with a stronger urban presence.


Fall 2014

Fun Ride


Borrowing language from roller coasters, the “Architectural Fun Ride” is a block-long, program-less building made up of interlocking segments that are connected by a continuous interior path.

Each student was responsible for his/her segment with a goal of ensuring that users would remain motivated to walk through the entire structure.


Fall 2014
Los Angeles
School of Arts and Crafts

This semester we worked in Downtown LA at the corner of Broadway and 3rd, across the street from the Bradbury Building.

The program was a fictitious "Los Angeles School of Arts and Crafts” with some complexity in terms of the different user groups and how they all access and utilize the building.


Fall 2012
Fun Ride

This year's Architectural Fun Ride is a 1/4" scale, 4-story structure made up of interlocking segments designed by different students.

Like pieces of a Tetris puzzle, all the pieces have the same size but different shapes. A continuous path runs along the entire structure.


Fall 2011
Circus School in Venice Beach

The site this year was in the heart of Venice Beach on Winward Avenue This is one of the blocks that once had a continuous colonnade resembling Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. Even though most of the block was demolished many decades ago, the "book-end" building at both corners are still standing.


Fall 2011
House in
Eagle Rock,

This is an extensive remodel of a 1928 cabin in Eagle Rock.

All exterior walls were demolished and replaced. Some interior walls were reconfigured to improve the flow of the floor plan.
A combination of corrugated zinc and cement board panels was used to clad the exterior walls.
Wooden decks on the front and rear yards help to connect the house with the outdoors.


Jul. 2011
House in Encino,

This was an extensive 1,500 sf. remodeling job in Los Angeles that included a new sun room, new redwood deck, new kitchen and various upgrades throughout the house.
The existing house was from 1947 and the challenge was to integrate the new and the old.


Jul. 2010
Alraha Gardens
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Alraha Gardens is a project I worked on as Project Designer at 5+Design in Hollywood.
It is a mixed-use development with retail and entertainment districts, and multi-family housing. It has a total of 1,200 residential units with amenities, parking, theaters and a shopping mall.
It was conceived as an alternative lifestyle and commercial destination within the Abu Dhabi region.
I was in charge of 6 midrise towers (6 to 14 stories).


Feb. 2008

La Plaza Mall
Ensenada, Mexico
La Plaza is a project I developed with Eduardo Cespedes and Sergio Zeballos at the Jerde Partnership in Venice, Ca.
It is a 10,000 m2 retail center with a 4,400 m2 Multiplex cinema located on the Southern end of Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. It consists of an outdoor retail street and a centralized Plaza with easy parking accessible through the front and back of the property.

Oct. 2008
City Santa Fe
Mexico City,
City Santa Fe is a mixed use project that I worked on at the Jerde Partnership with Jeff Walker and John Simones.
It is a collection of 10 residential towers connected by a podium of retail, parking and residential units facing the opposite side.


July 2008
Whole House WHOLE HOUSE is a prefabricated housing system designed to minimize cost and maximize flexibility.
The modules are designed to be fully assembled in factory with minimum installation required.

The plans are a version of the 'existence minimum' residential housing formula, and the volumes are animated with colors, windows and minor indentations on the facade.

March 2007
Warner Center This is a project I worked on as Project Designer with Mike Walden at Nadel Architects in Los Angeles. It is a residential development with 750 units, parking and amenities.
Nov. 2006
Dockable Dwelling

DOCKABLE DWELLING is a factory assembled modular system designed to build houses with minimum on-site work.
It is a modular kit of parts based on NASA’s approach to space station modular docking.
Variation is achieved through different combinations of a limited but expandable amount of modules types.


Jan. 2003
Framing Camp 2004
Pasadena City

This is a design/ build class that I taught at PCC to 24 students working in groups of 3. Each group was expected to design a segment of a larger, linear structure. Each segment had to have a wall, a floor, a roof and a window opening.

The work was published in JAE in Nov '06 and later in a book by Lukas Freireiss called SPACECRAFT.


Spring 2004
Framing Camp 2003
Pasadena City

This is the work produced in a class that I taught at PCC on Materials and Methods. The students were required to work in groups of 3 to design and build a wooden structure that reflected the content of the lectures.

I encouraged them to build whatever they wanted but build it according to Type V framing standards.
The work was published in JAE in Nov '06.


Spring 2003
House in Venice Beach

This is a house on Howland Canal, in the historic neighborhood of Abbott Kinney’s “Venice of America".
The program is divided in two and arranged in two separate blocks connected by a bridge.


Jun. 2002
House in Newport Beach

This is the second I house I designed for Abramson Architects in the late nineties. It sits on a beach front lot in Newport Beach, CA.

Jun. 1999
House in Westwood

This is a house I designed while consulting for Abramson Architects in Culver City. It is an extensive remodel of an older bungalow.

The original plan is based on a 9 square grid and we brought natural light to the central module by creating a 2 story atrium with a massive skylight on top.

May. 1998
Selected Publications
Media Author Date  
and Hideouts

Book by Lukas Feireiss and Robert Klanten
Project: PCC students work

Click here for a link to the book

Oct. 2007
Bob Magazine,
Article by Lee Hae Rin
Project: Dockable Dwelling
Feb. 2007
Journal of
Paper: “Joint Maneuvers: Diversity as an asset in a Community College exercise”, author.

Click to download PDF
Nov. 2006
Maison Figaro,
Article by Memos Philippidis
Project: Dockable Dwelling
Jan. 2006
Max Article: Wohn Mobil, Alain Bieber
Project: Dockable Dwelling
Nov. 2005
Best Designed
Modular Houses
Book by Martin Nicholas Kunz, Michelle Galindo
Project: Dockable Dwelling
Oct. 2005
Clear Article: The new mobility, by Jennifer Andrews
Project: Dockable Dwelling
Jan. 2005
Home House
Book edited by David Brown with essays by Michael Sorkin, Ben Nicholson and Steve Badanes
Project: Dockable Dwelling
Nov. 2004
Black Book Article: Goin' Mobile, by Jordan Heller
Project: Dockable Dwelling
June 2004
Love your Home Book by Tamsin Blanchard and Tom Dixon
Project: Dockable Dwelling
June 2004
Elle Decor, Italy Article: Neonomadi, by Franco Marchesi
Project: Dockable Dwelling
May 2004
Hauser Article
Project: Dockable Dwelling
March 2004
Move House Book by Sean Topham, Prestel
Project: Dockable Dwelling
May 2004
Abitare Article: Nomadismo, by Barbara Ducote/ Alberto Saibene
Project: Dockable Dwelling
Nov. 2003

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